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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:38 am 
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As you might know, most of the stuff that DUKE Video has ever produced, can now be ordered on DVD from them. It's not cheap, though, they charge 19.99 GBP for a single disc.

The tempetation is still great! I'm thinking about buying some of stuff they are offering, mainly the highlights of individual World Sportscar races between 1985 and 1988 and the highligts of the World Rally Championship rounds from 1985 to 1991.

All of these approximately one-hour programs were produced by the late-great Brian Kreisky and his Videovision Broadcast company. As far as I know the commentator is either Kreisky himself, or Richard Nichols. These programs were aired on Sky Television and I used to watch them as a kid.

Is someone who are interested in joining me? In this way, we can definately save some money.


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I already downloaded a lot of these from RU and put them onto DVD. You should make sure that when you buy stuff that other members don't already have it in their collections. I would be more interested in the VHS stuff that Duke has. Like the season reviews of the Rover championship. I remember watching that on the telly as a kid, it was absolutely mental.


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HC wrote:
I already downloaded a lot of these from RU and put them onto DVD. You should make sure that when you buy stuff that other members don't already have it in their collections. I would be more interested in the VHS stuff that Duke has. Like the season reviews of the Rover championship. I remember watching that on the telly as a kid, it was absolutely mental.


One Rover disc includes the Dunlop Cup.

I remember watching a Silverstone round on Eurosport, it was :lol:


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HC wrote:
I already downloaded a lot of these from RU and put them onto DVD. You should make sure that when you buy stuff that other members don't already have it in their collections. I would be more interested in the VHS stuff that Duke has. Like the season reviews of the Rover championship. I remember watching that on the telly as a kid, it was absolutely mental.


One Rover disc includes the Dunlop Cup.

I remember watching a Silverstone round on Eurosport, it was :lol:


Is this the series with the rover 200 coupes with the likes of former BTCC champion Chris Hodgetts?


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Dunlop Cup used the 220:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRCnGFuf6cQ[/youtube]

I should be getting a couple ('95 review is 45m, no idea about the rest) in the next couple of weeks hopefully


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:12 pm 
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I checked the quality of some DUKE products, which they offer for the first time on DVD. Well, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with the result. I didn't expected HD quality, but what I've got is just not up to the standard of other DUKE products. The picture quality of the 1982 Brands Hatch Sportscar race (which I ordered directly from them) is actually worse than my own VHS to DVD conversion, which I have done with a DVD recorder! (The sound quality is somewhat better, though.) I can accept the fact, that they did the conversion from a twenty year old tape, but then the job they have done is simply not good enough.

However, their classic rally releases, which are "official" products (not just DUKE archive DVDs) are much-much better. I'm watching the San Remo Rally 1985-1991 DVD right now, and the picture quality is quite decent. It's a shame they shortened the original reviews, e.g. the 1985 event gets only a 20-minute footage on the DVD, whereas originally the length of the program was 55 minutes. It looks as though DUKE spared no tme and effort to make great picture quality for the finished product. It's well worth the money. (The Tour de Corse and the Rally of Finland DVDs are available too, and the Acropolis Rally DVD will be released soon.)

I also downloaded the review of the 1986 Swedish Rally from the DUKE video website for 5 GBP. It looked like a good deal, but unfortunately it was not. First of all, the file is in m4v format, which has DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection. In this way, it's only possible to play it on your computer! The resolution may be 960*720 pixels, but despite that, the picture quality is still bad. (Perhaps partly due to the fact that the bitrate was set only to 3100 kbps.)

So hopefully DUKE will release all world championship rallies in individual DVDs (like they did with the Monte Carlo and RAC Rallies), because this DUKE Archive thing and the download method simply don't work very well. As with the sportscar races? I'm afraid we have the rely on our old VHS to DVD conversions.


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